to get $5.75M facelift


Sonoma Valley public schools will be getting a multi-million-dollar facelift this summer.

At the Feb. 11 school board meeting, the board approved $5.75 million in projects, including four new portable classrooms, three modular classrooms, a kitchen remodel and asphalt, exterior paint, roofing and flooring at various campuses around the district.

Deputy Superintendent Justin Frese said that there will be work at every school in the district.

“We want to make an impact on how the schools look,” Frese said. “Last year, we redid the high school parking lot and received a lot of complements.”

And, he said, the district is going to catch up on maintenance over the next three summers.

Money for the projects will come out of four district funds – developer fees (Fund 25), deferred maintenance (Funds 17 and 40), state modernization (Fund 35) and food service (Fund 13).

Adele Harrison will receive two of the portable classrooms, while Altimira and El Verano will each receive one, at a total cost of $1.35 million that will come out of developer fees. “It’s not unusual to add portables,” Frese explained.

The Sonoma Charter School will get the three modular classrooms, at a cost of $1.45 million. Frese said the modular rooms will be placed in the front of the charter school. “It’ll have a big impact on how the school looks,” he said.

Two of the modular classrooms (costing $970,000) will be paid for out of deferred maintenance funds, while the third (at $475,000) would be paid for from developer fees.

Dunbar Elementary School will have its kitchen remodeled at a cost of $495,000, of which $99,000 comes from developer fees, $297,000 from deferred maintenance funds and $99,000 from food service funds.

“The Dunbar kitchen remodel is long overdue,” Frese said.

The district is also going to be performing a lot of deferred maintenance, including new asphalt (for $1.28 million), exterior paint (at $241,000), roofing (for $763,000) and flooring (for $181,000) at the various sites. The $2.47 million will be coming out of the funds the district received from the state.

“These are our four big target areas,” Frese said. “The impetus for the deferred maintenance came out of the $5.1 million in modernization funds we received from the state.”